A tied game at halftime turned into a Mountain View rout as the Cougars rolled past Summit 59-44 Tuesday night for a Mountain Valley Conference boys basketball win.
After Tony Adamo knocked down a 3-pointer to break a 31-31 tie, Chase McClain got into the lane for a layup to put the Cougars ahead 36-31. Mountain View then increased its lead to nine points, 46-37, to start the fourth period.
“We wore them down a little bit in the first half with our transition,” Mountain View coach Bob Townsend said. “Sometimes it doesn’t take effect right away but later their shots are a little flatter and I think that was the case tonight. Then once we got ahead it’s pretty hard to guard Chase out in space, and some of our other guards, and we were able to spread them out a little bit and attack the basket.”
Jacob Tompkins, who scored 17 points to lead Summit, made a 3-pointer to get the Storm within 48-40 with 4:43 remaining.
Adamo made another 3-pointer to stretch Mountain View’s lead back to double digits.
“We just kept our focus,” Adamo said. “Chase had a great game. Grant (Jordan) had a great game. It’s big. It’s a cross-town rivalry. There’s bragging rights.”
McClain finished with 21 points. Jordan had 11 points and Austin Fields-Wieselman added 10 as the Cougars broke a three-game losing streak.
“I thought at times we really moved the ball against their zone,” Townsend said. “I felt really good about the way we moved it. It was a tribute to the team sharing the ball and letting the ball find the open man.”
Summit coach Jon Frazier said the Storm, who entered the contest on a two-game winning streak, just got out of their system in the second half.
“We tried to do too much,” he said. “Individually we just tried to make some plays and I appreciate the kids’ competitiveness to try to make plays but we really deviated from what makes us good and didn’t execute at a high level. We definitely turned the ball over way too much in the second half to have a chance to win.”
Mountain View moved to 4-5 in the MVC and 11-8 overall with the win. Summit dropped to 3-6 and 6-13 overall.
“We’ve been on a pretty good trajectory the last three weeks here so we were surprised that we didn’t execute better in the second half,” Frazier said.
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